Panda Firmware Update (Rolling)
Today’s the day. SoundID + Custom EQ update is available for Panda.
For this first update, you’ll need to use our OTW update tool, download the windows or Mac version here:
For best results, power off your panda, turn off BT on all paired devices (computer, ipad, phone, etc), and connect via the included USB-C cable and start the update process.
It should take about two minutes, and at the end you should see firmware version 20003 displayed:
Now, activate BT on the device that you’re using for SoundID (iphone, android, etc), connect Panda, and open the SoundID application (make sure you downloaded the update today).
At the bottom right of the SoundID app you’ll see a “+” and the word “connect” below it. Press there, and on the next menu you should see DROP Panda, and an option to connect on the next screen.
Initial connection and profile upload should take about two minutes (once you complete your SoundID profile). This load time is required for any profile you upload to Panda.
The SoundID app will tell you when the upload is complete and from the connection menu you can toggle on and off the SoundID personalization.
Congratulations, your Panda is updated, you have access to parametric equalization via the “customize” option on the profile selection screen (main screen of the application, press the SoundID visual on the top half of the screen).
It’s been a journey, but we’re here folks, post your favorite curves and respond here with questions!
Validation is going well overall but we've hit a snag on the initial updater portion. Our team is working over this weekend to resolve this and keep us on track for a 3/30 release.
The firmware is working great, the remaining challenges are with a small piece of software that everyone will use to flash the first update.
Previously I had updated and said that everyone will be able to update over the air via the SoundID app. For stability reasons, we had to change to an over the wire updater for the first update, and following that, future updates can be applied over the air via SoundID.
Here's a screenshot from the updater, see you on the 30th.
Sonarworks has released the final test firmware to our team and we are validating. All signs are good and we have confidence in a release by 3/30, hopefully sooner.
Decided to change this format a bit, keeping all the updates in this post going forward.
The Sonarworks team has been working hard to resolve the remining bugs and produce a stable experience.
Right now, they're working on a final bug in the interaction between Sonarworks EQ and LDAC. Sonarworks has assured us that the solution is in sight, and we will be able to release a stable update in the days ahead.
I'll post the relevant download information here once available, hopefully during my update next week, just depends on this final round of debugging.
Thanks again for your patience, we're all looking forward to rolling this out.
Work continues on our sonarworks integration. We're nearing the end of that process and I can provide some context for this update.
The update we're working on now is focused on two areas
We've talked about the benefits of Sonarworks (EQ, SoundID, etc) so let's focus on Update Infrastructure.
Update Infrastructure is about what we can update and how we can deliver those updates.
For this first update, some of you will need to update via USB C (installers will be provided for OSX/Win), but most of you, and all of you for all future updates, will be able to update over the air via the Sonarworks app.
Beyond updating over the air, this update includes a variety of back-end changes that will address some QOL issues and enable further firmware development.
Thanks for your patience, we'll be back next week with hopefully our last update before release.
- Sonarworks Integration
- Update Infrastructure